Did You Know | Flag Etiquette


"...You're a grand old flag. You're a high-flying flag. And forever in peace may you wave. You're the emblem of The land I love. The home of the free and the brave. Ev'ry heart beats true Under red, white and blue. Where there's never a boast or brag. But should old acquaintance be forgot. Keep your eye on the grand old flag..."

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In recognition of all the patriotic days throughout the year, and people not familiar with how to display the flag, I decided to write this post. THIS IS NOT A POLITICAL POST, JUST INFORMATIVE!



 

When to Fly the U.S. 🇺🇸 Flag 

  • The American Flag can be flown every day from sunrise to sunset. However, if you would like to fly your flag 24/7 it should be properly illuminated. 

  • New Years Day
  • Inauguration Day - January 20th 
  • Martin Luther King, Jr Birthday - 3rd Monday in January 
  • President Abraham Lincoln Birthday  - February 12th 
  • President Day - 3rd Monday in February 
  • President George Washington Birthday  - February 22nd 
  • National Vietnam War Veterans Day - March 29th 
  • Easter Sunday 
  • Mother's Day 
  • Armed Forces Day - 3rd Saturday in May 
  • Memorial Day  - observed last Monday in May.  Official day May 31st. 
  • June 14th - Flag Day: the honoring of the approval for the first national flag in 1777. President Woodrow Wilson declared this date the official day in 1916. Congress made the date permanent in 1949.
  • Father's Day 
  • July 4th - Independence Day
  • National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day - July 27th
  • Labor Day 
  • Constitution Day  - September 17th 
  • Columbus Day 
  • Veterans Day - November 11th 
  • Thanksgiving Day 
  • Christmas Day 
  • Holidays proclaimed by the President 
  • State Birthday  - the date they were admitted 
  • State holidays 

Do's & Don't for Flying the U.S. 🇺🇸 Flag (there are more Don't than do)

  • Do - the Flag is to be flown above any other flag
  • Don't  - use the Flag as decoration. Use bunting instead 
  • Do  - when hanging the Flag either vertically or horizontally make sure the union (blue with stars) is to the observers left.
  • Don't  - let the Flag touch the ground 
  • Do - when wearing a Flag lapel pin always wear it on the left.

How to Dispose of the U.S. 🇺🇸 Flag Properly 

  • When it is time to retire the Flag, there is a proper way.  Which envoles the customary folding, burning while at attention, saluting, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and a brief moment of silence.  Once the flag is completely burned it is to be buried. 
If you don't feel comfortable doing it yourself,  you can contact your local VFW Post (Veterans of Foriegn Wars),  the American Legion, or (not sure about this one anymore) local Boy Scouts.


If you want to read more go here or here

Being a Army brat & spouse I was a little amazed at what I had forgotten! What about you? 

8 comments

  1. Hi Tina, thanks for coming by Marmelade Gypsy. I'm really glad you posted this now, as we're coming up on the holiday and it's good info -- some of which was familiar, most of which I didn't know. I loved your wreath as well -- it's beautiful! Have a wonderful week.

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    1. You're welcome and thank you for stopping by! Some I had forgotten, which surprised me since my dad and hubby served!
      Thank you!

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  2. Great things to know! Bunting for decoration is such a good one to remember. I love your beautiful decor here, too. Thanks for sharing this post with us at the Will Blog for Comments #40 linkup. Hope to see you at #41, too. Have a great week.

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    1. Thank you very much! I've always loved the way bunting looks, but have never used it. Thank you again!

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  3. These are all great things to know about flag etiquette. I grew up with both of my parents serving in the Army, and later married my husband who had also served in the military. I had forgotten some of the things mentioned. It's always good to know. Great post!

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    1. Thank you! My daddy & hubby served also; I was actually surprised by what I had forgotten!
      Enjoy your week!

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  4. Such a helpful post, Tina! And so glad to have you at the party! Nice to meet you! Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About. I'll be featuring you at this week's party! Pinned!

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    1. Thank you for the feature & the comment Julie! Glad you found this helpful. Nice to meet you also. Enjoy your week!

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Thank you for stopping by & commenting; I really do appreciate it! I will reply as soon as possible. Hope you have a lovely day. XO Tina

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